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It is hard to decide which reading is the original one.
Both show the descendants of Canaan settled in the Biblical "land of Canaan", i.e. As a rule it is the pre-Israelite inhabitants of this "land of Canaan", taken collectively, who are indicated by this common name of Canaanites.
With a few exceptions the Biblical writers seem to indicate by this name at the least, the whole of Western or cis-Jordanic Palestine.It is as conceivable that in the original prophecy the name of Ham occurred, and that the Israelites, seeing the prophecy fulfilled, especially in the posterity of Canaan might have changed it to that of the son.But none of these critical conjectures has any solid foundation.Isaiah 23:8 ), got the signification of "merchant, trader." As the name of the country it occurs under the forms Kinahhi, Kinahni , and Kinahna , as early as two centuries before Moses in the cuneiform letters of Syrian and Palestinian princes to Egyptian Pharaos, found at Tell el-Amarna ; and earlier still in Egyptian inscriptions, in the form Ka-n-'-na. In Grecian literature too, evidence remains that the Phoenicians called one of their ancestors, as well as their country, Chna , and even at the time of St.The Phoenician town of Laodicea calls itself on coins from the second century B. Augustine the Punic country people near Hippo called themselves Chanani , i.e. If the word be of Semitic origin, it should be derived from the root Kana , and mean originally, low, or, in a figurative sense, small, humble, despicable, subjected.